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CONFIDENTIAL SECTION 01 OF 04 ROME 000649 

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TO THE PRESIDENT FROM THE CHARGE D'AFFAIRES 

EO 12958 DECL: 05/31/2019 
TAGS PREL, PGOV, IT 

SUBJECT: SCENESETTER FOR ITALIAN PM BERLUSCONI'S JUNE 15 
VISIT TO WASHINGTON 

REF: A) ROME 97 B) MOSCOW 1273 
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Classified By: Elizabeth L. Dibble, Charge d'Affaires, for reasons 1.4 (b) and (d). 
Summary 


11. (C/NF) Mr. President, your meeting with Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi comes at a time when his closest advisors fear Italy is losing the ere 
Berlusconi the Politician 

12 . (C/NF) Our relationship with Berlusconi is complex. He is vocally pro-American and has helped address our interests on many levels in a mar 

13. (C/NF) His shortcomings notwithstanding, marginalizing Berlusconi would limit important cooperation with a key ally. Berlusconi is one of 
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frequently unhelpful role for himself. Dealing with Berlusconi, therefore, requires a careful balance of close coordination with him and his ke 

14. (C/NF) Italy held elections for the European Parliament on June 6 and 7, which reaffirmed Berlusconi's People of Liberty (PDL) party as Itc 
Economic Crisis 


15. (C) Prudent (some would say stodgy) banking practices allowed Italy to avoid the global financial sector meltdown. Italy's banks simply die 
G8 

16. (C/NF) Berlusconi's stewardship of his G8 Presidency has been marked by a proliferation of Ministerial and sub-ministerial meetings coupled 
Guantanamo Detainees 


17. (C/NF) Berlusconi welcomed your decision to close Guantanamo, and has publicly and repeatedly underscored Italy's desire to support the mo\; 
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common EU framework that will open the door to individual country agreements with the U.S. While the junior partner in Berlusconi's coalition c 
Russia 


18. (C/NF) Dependence on Russian energy, lucrative and frequently nontransparent business dealings between Italy and Russia, and a close, perse 
Energy 


19. (C/NF) Berlusconi's close personal ties with Putin and the very strong corporate ties between Italian energy parastatal ENI and Russia's Gc 

110. (C) The Berlusconi Government is pursuing plans to bring back nuclear power to Italy. U.S. -based companies Westinghouse and GE face stiff 
Iran 


111. (C/NF) With Italy frustrated by its exclusion from the P5-plus-l negotiating circle, Berlusconi will highlight Italy's would-be role as ar 
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Libya 


112. (C/NF) Berlusconi has continued Italy's policy of developing an expanded relationship with Libya, largely in order to stem the tide of irr 
A Partner in Security 


113. (C/NF) Berlusconi has maintained a significant military commitment in Afghanistan (2,600 troops, mostly in Italy's Regional-Command West), 

114. (C) Our shared security interests with Italy go beyond Afghanistan. U.S. facilities in Italy provide unmatched freedom of action and are c 
Conclusion 


115. (C/NF) The robust U.S. -Italian relationship provides us with major national security benefits in our military missions overseas, our own p